Jorge Lorenzo Says He's Not Affected by the Insults of Rossi' Fans, Stays with Number 99

JL99 and his 2016 Yamaha bike 1 photo
Photo: Yamaha
2015 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo adopted a much calmer tone when speaking about the upcoming season and the relationship with his teammate Valentino Rossi. All the cocky remarks and attacks on Rossi we saw at the end of the season are gone, at least in declarative terms.
Lorenzo appeared to be calm and with a better measure of the weigh his words have in the interviews he had with MotoGP and Motociclismo. Most likely, team officials asked both him and Rossi to avoid adding fuel to the fire that everybody seems to be desperate to put out.

The three-time MotoGP World Champion spoke about his concern for the electronic package of the 2016 YZR-M1. As of this season, all the bikes on the grid will be running spec ECUs and spec software, and this is the first obstacle the factory teams must overcome, or at least, those who have been using their own soft until Assen last year.

Lorenzo is more cautious when speaking about Rossi

In a way, it is funny seeing Lorenzo saying that his relationship with his teammate "should be the same as normal." If you remember, Lorenzo showed a "thumbs down" gesture while Rossi received his third place trophy at Sepang, then subsequently left the podium when the crowd started booing him.

Later, he apologized, but little remained from his apology when he commented on Rossi's penalty and declared that it should have been much more severe. Even more, Lorenzo demanded that he be admitted to the CAS hearing, but was turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Talking about Rossi with the Spanish magazine, JL99 admits that the Italian has never accused him of anything, and the Doctor's remarks targeted Marc Marquez. As for the way Rossi's fans reacted, he adds that the noise from the social media is one of the things he ignores.

"Doubts about whether I deserve the championship or not come from fans of my opponent. There are some fans who defend their favorite pilot while respecting other riders, but others don't. In the motorcycling world Rossi is like Jordan in basketball, has millions of followers and the noise made by his fans is easily heard," the Spaniard adds.

The Prost-Senna 1989 controversy increased the popularity of Formula 1

Lorenzo believes that a tad of controversy can help the audience grow, and mentions the 1989 incident between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. He believes that such stories make the sport more attractive, as they cause people to become more involved in what is happening on the track.

While this may be, at times, true, not all the reactions generated by the end of the 2015 season echoed neatly in 2016, and things are still far from over.

Design issues caused Lorenzo to stick with the racing number 99

Motociclismo asked Lorenzo if he thought about putting the number 1 on his bike. The Spaniard admitted he did, and even tried several designs but none of them was good enough.

Lorenzo adds that he feels that 99 represents him better and that's why he put an end to the number 1 design process, sticking with the old one. Follow the link for a huge gallery of the MotoGP bikes and liveries.
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